Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 10:03 UTC, submitted by robertson
BeOS & Derivatives Two news items about alternative operating system news in a row? What is this, Christmas? In any case, the Haiku project, the darling of OSNews (hey it's okay now), has released its second alpha release. This new stable development release contains some serious improvements over the first alpha.
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Comment by Darak
by Darak on Mon 10th May 2010 13:37 UTC
Darak
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2009-10-16

What is the current state of the graphics drivers? In alpha 1, many modern videocards revert to VESA, and are barely usable in current TFT monitors with non-VESA resolutions. Any progress in this area?

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RE: Comment by Darak
by drcouzelis on Mon 10th May 2010 14:08 in reply to "Comment by Darak"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

What is the current state of the graphics drivers? In alpha 1, many modern videocards revert to VESA, and are barely usable in current TFT monitors with non-VESA resolutions. Any progress in this area?

As you mentioned, if Haiku doesn't have a driver for your video card then it will use the VESA driver. The VESA driver is very good, but it is only possible for it to support a specific set of screen resolutions, none of which are wide screen:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VESA_BIOS_Extensions

You can learn more about which video cards have native drivers in Haiku by looking at the source code:

http://git.newos.org/?p=haiku.git;a=tree;f=src/add-ons/kernel/drive...

As far as I can tell, Radeon cards up to R420 are supported, and Nvidia cards up to the GeForce 7 series are supported, and it looks like most of the Intel integrated video cards are supported. Other video cards are supported as well. Work is being done on the "radeon_hd" driver.

My Radeon X850 works well.

Edited 2010-05-10 14:09 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Darak
by Ikshaar on Mon 10th May 2010 14:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Darak"
Ikshaar Member since:
2005-07-14

Using boot menu option, you can get it to work on wide screen resolution. Might be very specific case, but option to try.

http://www.haiku-os.org/community/forum/haiku_vaio_vgntxn15p

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RE[2]: Comment by Darak
by anevilyak on Mon 10th May 2010 15:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by Darak"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14


As you mentioned, if Haiku doesn't have a driver for your video card then it will use the VESA driver. The VESA driver is very good, but it is only possible for it to support a specific set of screen resolutions, none of which are wide screen:



That's actually not correct, most modern graphics cards will query the monitor for its preferred resolution and add a VESA mode line for that one specifically to the BIOS's exported list.

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RE: Comment by Darak
by LighthouseJ on Tue 11th May 2010 11:28 in reply to "Comment by Darak"
LighthouseJ Member since:
2009-06-18

I booted up the alpha 2 live disc as mentioned and got a very nice accelerated graphics display to come up on my 5 yr. old laptop (NV34 chipset).
I believe it's using a version of Mesa out of the box.

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